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[bug-mailutils] PostgreSQL support

From: Jordi Mallach
Subject: [bug-mailutils] PostgreSQL support
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 20:28:17 +0200
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On my latest Debian package update, I've been bitten by a very nice
problem regarding MySQL support.

As you know, MySQL authors declared the 4.x branch "stable" quite
recently. It appears libmysqlclient in that distribution was relicensed
from LGPL to GPL in version 4.0, deliberately. The problem is that
it's common to find libmysqlclient with SSL support compiled in (using
OpenSSL), which clashes with the GPL in MySQL due to the GPL
incompatibility in OpenSSL's license.

In short, I'm not able to compile mailutils with MySQL support as that
makes mailutils (GPL) link against libssl, non-GPL-compatible.

Debian is forking the old libmysqlclient 3.x packages so we'll have the
problem solved soon, but this situation will make people violate MU's
license without being aware very easily.

A solution (besides MySQL fixing this situation) is to add postgresql
support. :)

Any additional thoughts on this?

Jordi Mallach Pérez  --  Debian developer     http://www.debian.org/
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